Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) is the national police force of Papua New Guinea. The force was formally established circa 1950 with the merger of two former colonial police forces, to form the Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary. In 1972 the ‘and’ was dropped from the title.

The huge size of Papua New Guinea, and the limited road network makes air support a very useful tool in law enforcement. A small Aviation Unit was established around 2008. A DHC-6 Twin Otter was obtained on lease from a commercial operator for a few months in 2008. The following year a new Bell 407 helicopter was delivered. In 2013 the helicopter was sold, with no replacement.

Key Dates

2008 RPNGC Aviation Unit established.
Aug 2008 First aircraft delivered – DHC-6 Twin Otter.
2009 First helicopter delivered.
2013 Helicopter withdrawn from use.

Current Status

The RPNGC currently has no aircraft or helicopters.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

Aircraft carry ‘POLICE’ titles on the fuselage sides, and the Constabulary crest near the cockpit.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with RPNGC carried Papua New Guinea civil registrations, e.g. Bell 407 P2-POL.

Complete all-time aircraft fleet list.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 407 1 2009 2013 Canada
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 2008 2008 ex-civil

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Spring Gardens Road, Port Moresby.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are or were based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Papua New Guinea Police use of the
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter

Aircraft Details

History

One DHC-6 Twin Otter 200 obtained in August 2008. Operated by Goroka Air Services on behalf of the Police. Used for Policing duties. Sold to a commercial operator in October 2008.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-POM 164 P2-MDK Aug 2008 to VH-XFM 16 Oct 2008


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Papua New Guinea Police
use of the Bell 407

Aircraft Details

History

One new-build Bell 407 delivered in Sept 2009. Used for policing duties. Sold to a commercial operator between Jan 2013 and May 2014.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-POL 53338 C-GLZU Sep 2009 Sold to Helifix Operations by May 2014


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.